Mar 28 - IAT 801 Presentations

In this week's Colloquium, students from IAT 801 "Qualitative Research Methods and Design" will be presenting course projects. The course is led by Thecla Schiphorst, Associate Director and Associate Professor at SIAT, SFU. 


This course will focus on methodologies associated with qualitative research practices including observation, interviews, data collection, interpretation and analysis. It critically positions the context of worldviews and values of qualitative research and applies these to a range of qualitative approaches applicable to students in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology. These approaches include Phenomenology, Micro-Phenomenology, Narrative Research, Grounded Theory, Ethnography, Case Study, Research Through Design, Practice-Based and Art as Research, as well as Activity Theory & Discourse Analysis. 

Students will investigate the application of qualitative methods in the context of interdisciplinary research focusing on technology design and use. An acknowledgement of researcher’s role as an instrument in observational research is coupled with a survey of approaches to research design. Students will develop a research design, by selecting a qualitative methodology and appropriate data collection methods based upon their area of interest.